My phone is fairly new and has a quite good battery. And my power bank is super strong. And since my phone is my most essential belonging that I use for almost everything, it is vital to have it charged. (It's bad to be so addicted to it, I know.) And... still my phone dies from time to time, and I don't always I forget to bring the charging cable (which should be in everyone's handbag!!).

This morning it happened again and I had a 25 minute walk to my physio ahead of me. It's not far, but I mostly distract myself by listen to the morning news, a pod cast, calling family or friends or listening to some energising "wake up" music when I'm on my way somewhere (super efficiently!).

So first I got annoyed. But there was nothing to do about it, but to accept the situation.

And actually, I enjoyed being phone less much more than I thought. I looked up to the blue sky and notices the scenery much more than I normally would, and yeah, the traffic jams at Rue de la loi in Brussels or the Commission buildings are not the most beautiful ones to admire, but somehow, instead of plugging something into my ears, I plugged into the present and just walked. A completely unintended walking meditating session. Because meditation is simply the act of the presence, right?

I would never take the time to sit down an meditate for a few minutes. But I'll try to disconnect from my phone a bit every now and then, and reconnect with myself.


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This year's Salon du Chocolat in Brussels was not really the happening of the year. The fashion show had some inspirational outfits (love the spiky of the girl above and her attitude) and actually a chocolate chef brought his girlfriend up from the audience to the stage and proposed to her on live tv and everything, which was very cute and courageous of course, but for the rest it was quite dead.

There were not that many exciting pralines to taste from the stands and the very big exhibition hall (Tour & Taxi) seemd very empty and dead. They should had narrowed down the space to create a sense of liveliness and fun.

But it's ok. Now I'm looking forward to the Brussels fashion days in October. I'm going with a friend who's been there for several years, while I have no experience, and she says it's great fun.


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Lately I've felt the urge to start swimming again. It's been buzzing in my mind that I should restart it but I have pushed it away due to excuses as lack of time and the fact that I've lost my googles. Not to talk about how boring it actually is to swim. I can't help but feeling like an aquarium fish when I'm doing my laps =)

When I was little my mum forced me and my sister to attend swimming classes until I was 14. Because when we went to the beach in Portugal during summers (my mum is from Lisbon and my grandparents have a cute little house next to the beach), she wanted us to feel confident when playing at the beach, because the streams of the Atlantic are very strong.

Swimming is definitely not the most artistic sport, (and as you might have noticed, I am a more artistic person), so when I finally had to give up a sport I prioritized gymnastics in front of swimming. A choice I didn't regret. But I'm also very thankful to my mum that she actually insisted in me continuing with the swimming classes until I was quite old, because it is indeed vital to be a strong swimmer.

Anyhow, I picked up swimming on a regular bases when I had the knee surgery three years ago. Basically because it was the only sports I was allowed to do after the surgery, but as soon as those six months had passed I gave it up for funnier sports again.

And now the swimming urge is apparently back. But when I entered the sports shop the other day I saw the perfect swimming suit, just shouting "swim with me" to me, and I just had to buy it and plunge into the pool. So my goal is to swim for at least 30 minutes, once per week, in compliment to the rest of my sports. And I'm considering it a meditating experience that unwinds me of everything and clears my mind from now on, (instead of just a boring monotone activity). Because it actually is!


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​After months of unsuccessfully having tried to convince my Eurocrat friends to go with me to the ice rink in Woluwe (Poseidon) for some slippery pirouettes I decided to go on my own. On the positive note of skating on my own is that nobody knows me, so I can be Bambi on slippery ice for real without being ashamed. On the negative note it's of course not as much fun.

When arriving there I realized that Sunday mornings are probably not the best time to go, unless you're under 140. It was me and hundreds of little kids and some of them likes to bump into me. I was honestly quite relieved when I after an hour had had enough of figure skating and stepped off the ice without any scratches :-) 

I haven't been figure skating for years, actually a decade when thinking about it, so I was quite proud of myself for trying to pick it up again. When I was a very little girl, around 6-7 I think, I took figure skating classes. But then I had to give it up in favour of gymnastics. It's such a shame I didn't continue, because I would had loved to be a real ice princess! Later on they set up an ice rink at the main square of my hometown during Christmas, (yes, very picturesque with a huge Christmas tree in the middle and nice lightening), where I used to go in the evenings when the shops had closed (meaning all the kids would be gone) and I could be in my own imaginary ice princess world. It was perfect! 

I guess that I'll have to stick to Poseidon here in Brussels until they get inspired by my hometown's idea, but I think I'll try to go on Saturday evenings instead, when they are open until 22 hours. Less kids (and people in general) then I presume, so then I might get more space to try some more advanced figures.

And actually! Since posting this picture on Facebook I already inspired two friends to come with me next time!

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Every morning I shower, get dressed and run all over the place, multitasking and getting ready in as little time as possible (and if I have time over I also tidy my apartment a bit, actually ;-).

The last thing I do is to do my makeup. And it's normally more or less the same thing. Apart from the basics, with foundation, rouge, eyeliner and mascara I am normally wearing a neutral eye shadow that goes in golden tones, sometimes a pink tone if I am wearing something black, and white and yes, some lipstick in red or pink.

There is not much variation, which in the long run can be a bit boring - I mean, I do change clothes every day, so why would I also not change makeup style?.

But I stick to the more naturally coloured concept also because I think that makeup should be discrete and enhance the unique features without looking appalling, unnatural or fake. In any case, I wish I was braver and sometimes would use other colours, like blue or a black scale or something.

What can really inspire me is the lipstick though. Particularly red lipstick is very powerful plus beautiful and super energising. The colour makes me happy :-) I normally first feature the contoures of the lips with a lip pen and then fill in with lipstick and apply a lip gloss on another nuance on top to give the lips more life. And... then I need to remember to not touch my lips, otherwise it will get messy! 

And the most embarrassing thing is to have lipstick on my teeth, so I also try to reming myself to use the Hollywood trick of putting my index finger in my mouth and pulling out slowly, so that any lipstick that would have ended up on your teeth will be on my finger instead.

What's your makeup philosophy?

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It has been a week full of stress, challenges and lots of multitasking, but also love and sunshine (yes I managed to catch some sun during my lunch break). Fortunately it's now over and time to head to the train station for the Hogwarts express back home. I can't wait for the weekend when I can finally rest and sleep properly.

But the European Parliament has taken a lot of key decisions this week, that will change the future of the EU citizens.

  • The most important one was that the world's most modern trade agreement, CETA, between the EU and Canada, got approved, which will boost jobs and growth immensely. As the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said while addressing the parliament today: "Ceta is not only about commerce, imports and exports, about profits. It aims to improve people's lives,".
  • The MEP's also voted on a new key counter-terrorism law, which will add to the EU list of terrorism crimes acts such as “foreign fighters” traveling to conflict zones to join terrorist groups and returning to the EU and “lone wolves” preparing attacks. The new law will also provide for better protection and help for victims of terrorist attacks. Important steps in combating terrorism.
  • New rules to tighten the screening of EU citizens and third country nationals entering the EU have also been introduced that will allow for systematic data checks at external borders to identify travelers returning from battlefields or using false or stolen documents.
  • The European Parliament also urged the EU-Commission to immediately propose an effective and comprehensive European whistle-blower protection programme. A minimum level of protection for whistle-blowers who help protect the EU budget against fraud should be established.

Many more decisions were of course taken, but those are the key ones according to me. So now you're up to date :-)


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How was your Valentine's day? I hope you had an amazing day full of love, hearts and happiness, with love birds flying around delivering cute little messages and remembering your beloved ones a little extra.

I had a nice day. Squeezed in between a very hectic Strasbourg session with many hours spent in the European Parliament, there was fortunately also some time over for my Lieblingsmensch. Yes, unlike many of my colleagues who also had to travel to the plenary session in Strasbourg, I have the privilege of having him here as well.

And the funny thing is that we were super synchronized that day, in everything from colour scale on our clothes to getting exactly the same kind of cute little gifts to each other. It might have been just by chance, but it's still a positive coincidence.

See you later and sending all my readers some belated Valentine's hearts!

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I've never done any facial treatments, neither at an expensive salon or at home. But I've also never really felt the need for it. I just put some cream in my face when it's feeling dry (particularly in winter or when exposed to sun) and for the rest it's treating itself.

So I'm starting to wonder, all those commercial advertisements that I'm being bombarded with through various media on facial creams costing as much as gold and spa treatments that will rejuvenate your face, is there any truth in them or not? Would they make any difference for someone like me, who doesn't have a troublesome skin?

To my experience the best "cleansing" of the skin is a spinning class, 10 km run or some other super sweaty workout in combination with eating healthy food and drinking lots of water, so until I feel the need for something else, I'll just stick to that :-)


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My home is telling the story of who I am and a collection of what I love.

This is my favourite corner of my apartment this Saturday evening. I got inspired by the flower stand at the Schuman round about, that I pass everyday to and from work, and decided to decorate my table with this beautiful low bouquet.

After a run at Park Cinquantenaire (it doesn't look very tempting to go running in this foggy, grey weather, but in reality it's perfect conditions). I've been reading into Japan that will be visited in just two months (can't wait to go there!), and cooking a healthy dinner consisting of chicken and lots of different vegetables (like red beets, broccoli, parsnips, spinach and onion - whatever I have in the fridge, really) steamed in a pan plus boiled potatoes and a fresh salad.

Just waiting for my favourite to arrive so we can eat.

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